The slow deliberate search for Tampa Bay’s new head coach is continuing with a few new names being added to the potential list. Reports have the Buccaneers requesting to speak with Packers assistant coaches Tom Clements and Joe Philbin.
Philbin has been the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers since 2007 and each season since being in charge, the Packers offense have ranked in the top 10 including finishing third in 2011.
Clements, the Packers QB coach, has overseen the development of quarterback Aaron Rodgers since 2006 after stops in New Orleans, Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
Reports had Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer set to interview Monday at One Buccaneer Place but the Tampa Tribune’s Roy Cummings reported in today’s Tribune that Zimmer will meet with the Buccaneers today instead.
Tampa Bay has also requested permission to interview Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski who has seen his stock soar after developing rookie Cam Newton and leading the Panthers offensive to a top-10 ranking after finishing least in the league in 2010.
The Buccaneers have already interviewed Mike Sherman, Jerry Gray, Brad Childress and Marty Schottenheimer.
PewterReport caught up with NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock and former Buccaneers great Derrick Brooks at the East-West Shrine Game’s practice Monday and asked them both to comment on the head coaching search for the Buccaneers.
“I don’t think its about how quick you do it, I think it is about getting the right guy,” Mayock said. “If the right guy is there on day one you get him and go after him. If you are not sure then you have to be more exhaustive in your search. I think that is what they are doing.”
Mayock dropped a name that he feels should get some consideration.
“From my perspective I would love for them to look at a guy like Rich Bisaccia,” Mayock said. “I think there is a real prejudice about special teams coaches being head coaches. Even John Harbaugh had to go be a defensive backs coach for a year before getting hired by Baltimore. I would to see a guy like Bisaccia get considered. He has been here and he knows the organization and he is a heck of a coach.”
Brooks didn't offer up a possible name but thinks the Glazers are going about the process the right way.
“The time that they are taking talking to all the coaches, the more experienced coaches as well as the younger coaches, that research is going to be very valuable where the next leadership comes from,” Brooks said. “And you give them credit at this point for saying we had a different philosophy last time and it didn’t meet our expectations and now we are taking our time to find the right guy and we are only on one person timetable – ours – meaning the Glazer family. And you commend them for that, and if they stay true to form we in the media probably won’t know until right before (the hire).”